A Surprising Secret to Creativity


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I believe that every person is intelligent.  You are born with some forms of intelligence and other types can be acquired with education, mentorship, experimentation and practice.

I also believe that every person is creative!  Similarly, you are born with some forms of creativity while other kinds can be learned.

As we have grown our understanding of human development, it’s now recognized that creativity IS a form of intelligence!

So with all these forms of intelligence and talent to share, the real question is around whether you are “able” to share your gifts or not.

After years of exploring creativity, I’ve found that CONFIDENCE is a major influence on our ability to cultivate and offer our talents!

Standard definition of confidence = the feeling or belief that you can rely on someone or something.

And the two types of confidence that I talk about are: confidence in yourself and confidence in others.

If you look around, you’ll find lots of resources and training for developing confidence in yourself.

Workshops for self-esteem and self-love abound!

Most definitely, having faith in yourself will open up your creative channels.

But in deeper observation, I’ve seen that a lack of confidence in others is often the unrecognized block to creativity!

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Not Wanted On The Voyage

A lot of people know they have something to offer but just don’t trust that they will be well received by society.

Basically, if in your early life experiences you were met with silence, ridicule, criticism or dismissal whenever you ventured forth with an idea, you may have internalized a belief that this world is NOT receptive to your gifts.

If that happened, you may notice these patterns as an adult:

1) Constant Procrastination
2) Constant Abandonment of your own ideas
3) Constant Self-sabotage
4) Constant Focus on Obstacles or Challenges
5) Constant Self-doubt or Focus on Other’s Doubts
5) Constant Creativity Blocks or “Lack of Inspiration”
6) Fixation on Achievement
7) Constant Worry about Competition
8) Closeted Creativity
9) Constant Self-Censorship

These reactions may help you avoid the pain of rejection but they also seriously impede your ability to share yourself and your ideas with the world.

Even though creative expression is satisfying on its own, many of our imaginative impulses do require the engagement of others:

~ An artist wants an audience for their new album, painting or book.
~ An event producer seeks attendees for their concert, show or festival.
~ A host imagines revelers at their party or outing.
~ A teacher, coach or facilitator wishes to serve students and clients.
~ An entrepreneur envisions customers for their product or services.

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One Big Reason To Be Creative

At its core, our creativity is not about ego gratification or greed. It’s about our desire to make a difference in the world.

We all yearn to make an impact. We want to serve others in a beneficial and delightful way!

However, the fear that ‘no one will come out to play with us’ can short circuit the creative impulse.

If we believe that others will not understand, support or want what we are offering, we will suppress our initiative and abort our ideas.

For example, when I wanted to offer Zombie Yoga at the 2014 Vancouver Zombie Walk, I contacted the organizers to ask for permission and support.

Despite several communications where it was clear they had read my messages (thanks facebook), I received no feedback or replies.

I decided I would just show up and offer it spontaneously but their lack of response did cast some hesitation in my mind.

A childhood voice whispered: What if they won’t play with me?

Even though I knew my workshop was well-received at two other events, I momentarily imagined the zombie crowd being unresponsive to my satirical experiment.

For a few days, I even considered abandoning the plan.

Thankfully, I’m used to following my fetishes and testing the waters.

And more importantly, I’ve consciously developed confidence in humanity’s generosity, playfulness and love.

So I gathered some awesome volunteers on short notice and we set out to wrangle the zombies on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, surrounded by thousands of onlookers.

It was such a fun day for all involved… and my faith in people was further affirmed.

Here is a clip of how we all played together at the Zombie Yoga event:

 

Zombie Yoga at Zombie Walk 2014 from littlewoo on Vimeo.

In Humanity We Trust

Humans get a lot of flack. We flog ourselves repeatedly for all our mistakes and are often self-deprecating.

Sometimes, shame or guilt helps us evolve and make amends.

But more often, it freezes our ability to grow and hinders us from shining our light.

And even if we learn to have faith in ourselves, that’s only half the battle.

We must also learn to have faith in others before we can truly flourish.

In 2005, when I finally opened my heart and trusted in the love and brilliance of other humans, my creativity shot through the roof.

Writers block and other limitations disappeared because I felt I would be received!

This is why a big portion of my work with clients is focused on cultivating their love for humanity.

The more faith you have in people, the easier it is to move out of survival mode and activate your desire to serve!

And when you wish to serve others with love, your creativity will know no bounds.

When you trust in yourself AND in humanity, you’ll have all the necessary talent and confidence to boldly live your dreams.

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What ideas would you attempt if you felt that you would be welcomed and supported?

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